How Long Do AirPods Last?

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I’m sure you’ve all heard about the ridiculously expensive Apple Airpods. But if you are familiar with this luxury product, then you must also realize how difficult it is to repair and how fragile it can be, all things considered. Apple has sold over a hundred million of these things and is showing no signs of slowing down. So what exactly makes the Airpods so special? And how long do they really last if they’re so hard to fix? Read on to find out.

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What is AirPods battery life?

So if you already have a pair of AirPods, what are your options? Here’s how long your Apple AirPods should last, and how to make them last even longer.

Your AirPods Pro should last this long on a single charge:

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  • Up to 5 hours of listening time (active noise cancellation (ANC) off)
  • up to 4.5 hours of listening time (ANC on)
  • up to 3.5 hours of talk time (ANC on)

When the battery is low, you can listen or talk for another 60 minutes after a five-minute quick charge. It’s best to charge your headphones for at least 20-25 minutes to ensure they’re almost fully charged when you unplug them.

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Your AirPods (2nd generation) should run for this long on a single charge:

  • up to 5 hours of listening time
  • up to 3.5 hours talk time

When the battery runs low, just a 15-minute charge gives you 120 minutes of talk time and 180 minutes of listening time. Again, if possible, leave them charged for a longer period of time.

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Charge your AirPods more than once with the AirPods Pro and AirPods charging cases because they are designed for multiple charges, which extends battery life.

  • up to 24 hours of listening time
  • up to 18 hours talk time

What is the lifespan of your AirPods?

The battery is the first to fail in wireless earbuds like the Apple AirPods. Which makes the battery life in your AirPods a crucial factor in determining their lifespan.

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Aside from extreme temperatures, recharging also plays a big part in damaging your batteries. The batteries in your AirPods deplete slightly with each charge. Unfortunately, the drop is permanent and the batteries eventually stop working. Every battery has a finite number of charge cycles before it loses its capacity to hold a charge.

A Varta CoinPower lithium-ion button battery will most likely power your AirPods Pro. After 500 or more charge cycles, this battery can still hold over 80% of its original capacity under ideal conditions, but after that it goes downhill. The capacity of the battery not only decreases slightly with each charging cycle, but also decreases more quickly.

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The typical lifespan of lithium-ion batteries is between two and three years, or 300 and 500 charge cycles, whichever comes first, according to Tektronix. If the battery capacity drops below 80%, Tektronix recommends replacing it. After 500 charging cycles, the Varta button cells have a life expectancy of just over 16 months, which is really a shame.

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How can your AirPods last longer per charge?

Avoiding deep discharge helps you get the most out of your AirPods. The batteries in your AirPods should never be fully discharged, even if you used them to their full potential before charging them. If you recharge a deeply discharged lithium-ion battery, there is a risk that the anode and cathode will be irreversibly changed and an internal short circuit will occur. A complete deep discharge shortens the life of the battery.

Between 20% and 40% of the remaining battery life is the optimal point for charging cycles. When your AirPods battery drops to 20%, your iPad or iPhone will notify you, and that’s your cue to plug in the charger. You’ll try your luck as you wait for the alert tone to reach 10%.

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You also don’t want to keep your AirPods fully charged all the time. A full recharge is only slightly better than a full discharge. Maintaining a fully charged battery introduces mechanical stress that shortens battery life. Apple has integrated an optimized battery charging feature into the AirPods Pro, which shortens the time that the AirPods are fully charged.

Before listening to music, the charging case only delivers 80% juice. Battery wear is reduced and lifespan increased by keeping the charge level below 80%.

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Don’t throw away your old AirPods once they’ve served their purpose. The batteries and drivers for Apple’s AirPods are recycled. Although Apple doesn’t offer a monetary incentive to return your AirPods, the company still accepts the product.

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You have the option of returning your AirPods to an Apple Retail Store or sending them in for recycling with a prepaid shipping label. Similar plans are also available in other locations. Podswap, for example, handles shipping for any old AirPods you donate.

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